Shoreview is about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Minneapolis with neighbors Mounds View and Arden Hills to the west and North Oaks and Vadnais Heights to the east. It’s an established suburb that prides itself on stability—careful planning, development and continuity. Primarily residential, the neighborhoods were built in the 1970s and 80s around the two lakes within its borders, Turtle and Snail and the north side of neighboring Lake Owasso. With most of the land occupied by housing, water or park and recreational space, Shoreview is not a hotbed of development or happening in the sense that it’s a destination for restaurants, shops and the like. That’s just fine with both residents and city leaders. Safety and quality of life is what they strive for, and given the healthy real estate market and strong community survey results, it looks like they’re succeeding.
The Shore in Shoreview
There’s plenty of shore for everyone to enjoy in Shoreview—some private homes and some public land. Clean, uncrowded public beaches on Snail and Turtle Lake, plus nearby Lake Owasso and Josephine give residents a day at the beach close to home. Shoreview also has lots of parks, nature areas and places to walk and bike. In fact, there are over 50 miles of city and regional trails that connect neighborhoods to one or more of the 14 parks and 3 community schools within city limits.
A big draw for residents are the area’s public and private schools. Most Shoreview students attend school in the highly ranked Mounds View School District. Private options for K-8 include St. Odilia’s Catholic School and Oak Hill Montessori. Nearby Totino-Grace is a private catholic high school that draws Shoreview students with its academic rigor and extracurricular programs.
A Requisite Brew Pub
It seems every community needs a craft brewery run by cheerful bearded millennials who offer good food, music, atmosphere and delicious beer. Although not technically within Shoreview limits, Nutmeg Brewery is just down the road from city hall and is not only a welcome addition to the restaurant scene but opened just in time for the Shoreview Rotary Clubs “Taste Of The Hops” event held at Snail Lake Park across the street.
Slice of Shoreview
Island Lake hosts the annual festival “Slice of Shoreview” at the end of July. The event includes food, wine, a raffle and silent auction, plus fireworks, a parade, carnival, arts and crafts and lots of other summer fun.
Just completed last year is the new Shoreview Library, a light-filled space with a fireplace, teen area, children’s section, meeting rooms and study spaces with wifi and outlets. Functional and stylish, it gives the community a place to gather, work, learn and connect.
Community Center & Commons
Swimming lessons, fitness classes, a workout space and indoor waterpark makes the Shoreview Community Center a popular gathering spot. The city is in the process of building an over 20,000-square-foot addition to the center to incorporate more space for classes, summer child-care and an expansion of the waterpark. It’s also the site of the city’s seasonal farmers market and outdoor summer concert series.